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Get ready for tomorrow spacewalk on ISS !

Tomorrow scheduled spacewalk for servicing ISS is confirmed. Let’s have a look for latest objectives of first EVA on 2016. First and main objective for Tim Kopra and Tim Peake is unchanged. After leaving ISS on 13:55 GMT they will start changing broken Sequential Shunt Unit - SSU. Next point of spacewalk will be installing…
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CNES and DLR on ISS – momentary doubt whether the long-lasting crisis

At the beginning of January 2016, CNES and DLR declared in two different statements one idea - ISS will not remain focal point for space agencies of France and Germany. Is it beginning of the end for ISS, after decision of the Roscosmos of reducing funds for International Space Station maintenance? On 4 January 2016…
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New NASA initiative and enthusiastic answer of Russian Academy of Science

Exactly six days ago NASA announced establishing new Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) and after six days we know that Russia would like to participate in its effort to protect Earth from asteroids. History of PDCO have origins in late nineties, 1998 precisely. At that time, various programs focused on searching and describing potential Near-Earth Objects…
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New green propulsion for Cubesat satellites

Cubesat satellites are conquering space market and are sign of changes in approach to space services. Not without a reason - their potential is still increasing. NASA announced about their new public-private partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne for developing new propulsion system for satellites. It would not be surprising fact - NASA is space agency and sometimes it…
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ISS repositioned and ready for scheduled Soyuz TMA-20M docking

Today International Space Station changed its position with utilization of Progress spacecraft engines. Today International Space Station performed successful orbit correction. Whole correction started at night hours, at 02:05 GMT. After receiving appropriate commands from ground control center, Progress spacecraft docked into ISS, turned on engines and started to move ISS into desired place. Engines…
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Ariane 6 – rocket delayed for 10 years?

Safran, French company responsible for Ariane 5 is currently developing new rocket to meet demands of increasing price competition on space market but it seems that new launch vehicle will have hard life. Economy of the space market is under current development is basically two ways. First of all prices of satellites decreased with increased…
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Super heavy Chinese rocket not before 2030

It seems that Chinese competition for SLS will be launched not before end of next decade. China News Service press agency announced that new Chinese super heavy rocket will not be launched since 2030. According to Source close to China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for the moment priority for CAST will be developing Long March…
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Good news for Airbus Defence and Space – next satellites based on Eurostar-3000E contracted

Inmarsat-6 F1 and F2 will be solid fundament for continously developing fleet of modern satellites belonging to Inmarsat. On 24 December 2015 Airbus Defence and Space announced that it was chosen by Inmarsat, British satellite telecommunications company, as main contractor for designing and manufacturing two new satellites. Inmarsat hopes that two new spacecrafts with launch date planned for…
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